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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sailesh Mishra to be felicitated with the prestigious ‘Karmaveer Puraskar’

Mumbai, Nov 2008: The Mumbai base dedicated social activist and Founder President of Silver Inning Foundation Sailesh Mishra is all set to receive an award for his commendable work in the field of social service after having been nominated for the awards which has been accepted and shortlisted.

Sailesh will be felicitated the coveted ‘Karmaveer Puraskar’ award on the 26th of November in New Delhi at the exclusive awards function which is a part of “iCONGO’s RIGHT every WRONG conclave” a national forum for social justice and citizen action where various social justice issues are discussed by very eminent and concerned citizens. This year the theme is electoral reforms and is led by former Statesman Mr. Vasant Sathe, Former Election Commissioners Mr. Krishnamurthy and Mr. James Lyngdoh and other serving bureaucrats and civil society champions.

The ‘Karmaveer Puraskar’ is a national award for Social Justice & Citizen Action. The award is instituted by iCONGO – Indian Confederation of NGOs – the people sector association- in partnership with government, business, media, civil society and other sectors and leading global and national organisations which over the years include institutions like TISS, BCCI, NASSCOM FOUNDATION, PHDCCI, CMS, RAI, UNMC, UNODC, The art of living, UNDP, World Bank, UNFPA, GTZ, WOTR, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, NDTV, Business World, Outlook and various others.

KARMAVEER PURASKAAR was created in 2006 by the people sector through iCONGO to recognize only individual citizens from all sectors (media, corporate, government, civil society, performing arts, professionals who have been pivotal for “being and leading the change” beyond their personal daily lives and business as usual by being committed on individual levels to work for social justice issues with proactive citizen action. The awards are given to individuals from various sectors for their contribution to promote social justice through citizen action. The basic philosophy of the awards is based on Gandhiji’s “Be the change you want to see in the world” and given to citizens who go beyond being apathetic and believe in doing their bit for social justice and know that it is “better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. Past awardees include living legends and some eminent citizens like Verghese Kurien, Anu Aga, James Michael Lyngdoh, Vikram Akula, M. S. Swaminathan, Alyque Padamsee. More details are on .

Apart from being an Founder President of Silver Inning Foundation – an organisation for Senior Citizens , Sailesh has always been known for his proactive approach and most resourceful person in social sector. Sailesh Mishra has left his 15 years of corporate job and joined social sector four years ago. His passion for Elderly sector made him start an comprehensive website for Elderly and now has founded NGO for Seniors with nine young proactive board members from different segment. He also has to his credit two Blogs: ; and is life member of Gerontology society of India and has been active member of ARDSI (Alzheimer’s Related Disorder society of India). He uses effectively internet as one of the medium to reach out to people and spread his message of Elder Care. His down to earth personality has won many friends and well wishers.

“Elderly is most ignored and neglected segment and with proactive approach I can make difference. I also want to inspire many such young and professionals to work for Senior Citizens. There is need to come out of the offices and fight for Elder right on street and in corridors of government. Elderly needs care, love and Dignity. I have dedicated my life for Elderly and would like to be called Elder Right Activist” affirms Sailesh.

We congratulate Sailesh for possessing the conviction and compassion to stand up, speak out and lead the change with his positive attitude! The management of iCONGO, which has selected his nomination after thorough due diligence based on the process created by the international HR audit firm MERCER and Grant Thornton said that they were glad to have found a true champion of social justice issues in Sailesh Mishra and wish that more and more young professionals gave their time, involvement and humane feelings towards addressing social justice issues and being the change and role models for other citizens to follow. They added that Sailesh who has always excelled in whatever he does be it as social worker, a son, husband and father has also proved and excelled as a Citizen Action champion that if one decides to walk the talk and do their bit for social justice, besides living our own personal lives and day to day business, India will truly become the best nation and democracy in the world with humane, just and responsible citizens.

Team Silver Inning Foundation

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